So you’ve decided to quit sugar. Congrats! There are countless benefits to banning sugar—prepare to feel more focused, energized, happier, and healthier! Cutting sugar or added sugar out of your diet is a battle worth fighting, but it takes some preparation. One of the most helpful things that I did when I decided to ban added sugar from my diet was to stock my pantry with foods and snacks that would curb my cravings and add more flavor to my meals. Read on for six must-have items to stock your pantry with.
Increasing healthy fats is a great way to curb sugar cravings. I keep my pantry stocked with raw unsalted walnuts, almonds, and cashews.
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
If you tend to have chocolate cravings, blending dates, nuts and unsweetened cocoa powder is a healthy and satisfying way to crush them. Try this raw brownie bite recipe by Detoxinista.
I like to wash and dry grapes then place them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. My kids and I love this healthy, low-calorie snack which is low in natural sugar.
Frozen Banana Sices
Instead of letting my extra bananas go bad, I peel and slice them before tossing them in the freezer. When I was something sweet and creamy, I toss them in my food processor with a few other ingredients to create a healthy ice cream for my family. Check out these four banana ice cream flavors by That Clean Life.
Naturally flavored water will keep you hydrated and trick your nose into believing you are having something sweet. Hydration is key in reducing hunger and sugar cravings. Stock up on hint® to keep you hydrated and introduce some delicious fruit flavor without all the sugar!
Have you cut back on sugar? What other snacks do you keep around the house?